Strawberry Crumb Yogurt Cake

Strawberry Crumb Yogurt Cake

Fresh-picked strawberries add a touch of Spring to the  classic crumb cake. Strawberry Yogurt Cake Makes 9 servings Topping 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 cup sugar 1/3 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted Cake 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose […]

Rice and Tomatoes…The Making of a Love Story

Rice and Tomatoes…The Making of a Love Story

Big Daddy and I have been together since April 4, 1992, which was the night of his football formal at West Virginia University.  Scott (aka Big Daddy) and my sister Nicky both went to WVU and they were friends. I was visiting her for the weekend from Wake Forest University in North Carolina when she […]

My Release Date

My Release Date

DISCLAIMER: I am a sappy romantic and I wrote a sappy romantic novel. I love holding hands, laughing, dancing, kissing and of course some good old-fashioned hachachacha with Big Daddy. And my story gushes with these themes. But don’t worry there’s enough drama to keep things spicy. In celebration of sappy romance, I’ve decided to release A […]

Lemon Bar Cheesecake

Lemon Bar Cheesecake

This is the perfect dessert to welcome in spring. Lemon Bar Cheesecake, adapted from Southern Living Magazine, February 2013 Makes 10-12 servings Crust 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar 2 teaspoons lemon zest 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed 2 large egg yolks 2 tablespoons ice water Lemon […]

I Got Band Friends, Y’all!

I Got Band Friends, Y’all!

Last Saturday, Big Daddy and I did something we haven’t done since our kids were born. We went to see a band perform. In a bar. At night. We never leave the house at night. And when I say we never leave the house at night, I mean we never leave the house at night. […]

Guinness Oxtails

Guinness Oxtails

Today oxtails are the tails of beef cattle—cows and bulls—and not oxen. The tails are well-exercised muscles, marbled with fat. They used to be considered a “throwaway” meat, sometimes free or very inexpensive at the local butcher. With their growing popularity, oxtails are at a premium. The robust flavor of the meat comes from the […]

Every Day Is Valentine’s Day

Every Day Is Valentine’s Day

My husband and I have been together for almost twenty-three years. We’ve been a couple for so long that we don’t get caught up in the trappings of Valentine’s Day like we did when we were younger. At this stage in our relationship, we’re just grateful to still be together and madly in love with […]

A Resolute Resolve

A Resolute Resolve

Two years ago, my New Year’s resolution was to write a novel. And it’s been the only resolution I’ve ever kept. It took me nine months to write the first draft and fifteen months to get the story right. I have devoted two years of my life to developing a story that I hope people […]

Mom’s Week Out

Mom’s Week Out

Okay…I didn’t quite meet the NaNoWriMo Challenge of writing 50,000 words in 30 days. I came up short by about 48,877 words. But at least I managed a pretty interesting opening scene. In my defense, I got sidetracked by a week in Las Vegas with my friend Tara. I may not have written half of […]

Beef Stew

Beef Stew

Winter showed up for about three days and I decided to make beef stew. It turns out that beef stew is an aphrodisiac so I had to share. You’re welcome. Beef Stew Makes 8 servings 1 slice bacon 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 pounds beef chuck, cut into chunks 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 3/4 […]